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Vanessa Cullins
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Dr. Vanessa Cullins is vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). She has extensive clinical and research experience in contraception and reproductive health. Prior to joining PPFA, she served as vice president and medical director of EngenderHealth, where she provided oversight and direction of technical teams responsible for providing technical support for reproductive health service delivery in over 25 countries. A graduate of Spelman College, Dr. Cullins received her MD and MPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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The Promise of Affordable Health Care for Floridians

(6) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 2:04 PM

March 31 is just around the corner and Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers are working double time to ensure our patients and the communities we serve have information about new, more affordable health insurance plans available to them thanks to the Affordable Care Act. March 31 is an important deadline...

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A Commitment to the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 2:41 PM

Since the early 1980s when the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was discovered, immense strides have occurred in our understanding of how to prevent and manage the disease. Originally a death sentence, HIV is almost fully preventable, and with proper management, the chance of a person developing AIDS is significantly lower...

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Cervical Health Awareness Important All Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:10 PM

When women go through treatment for cancer, friends and family are often there to support them and to celebrate as they recover. As an ob/gyn, I've talked with women who are being treated for gynecological cancers, and many have said that they wish they had known as much about how...

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40 Years After Roe: A Doctor's Opinion on the Importance of Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

(45) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Some of my more poignant experiences as a gynecologist were when a patient came to me, considering what to do about a pregnancy. What was so clear to me as a doctor, a woman, and frankly a human being, is that women approach these decisions in a thoughtful way, and...

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Now We Have a Fighting Chance Against HIV

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Today is World AIDS Day, and as an African-American physician focused on women's health, I'm especially aware of the challenge HIV/AIDS poses to the black community. I divide my time between New York and Florida -- two states that have substantial African-American populations and some of the highest HIV infection...

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Early Cancer Detection Saves Lives

(5) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 2:33 PM

As an ob/gyn, I understand the critical need for women to have access to preventive breast care and clinical breast exams - care that helps to detect breast cancer early when there is the best chance of successful treatment. During my more than 10 years in practice, I provided countless...

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Birth Control Is a Critical Health Need

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 5:48 AM

As physicians focused on reproductive health, we hear every day from women whose health and well-being are affected by their inability to afford basic preventive care such as birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and basic checkups. That's why today's historic decision by the Supreme Court to...

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Time to Make Our Health a Priority

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 6:00 PM

"Your health should come first, but when you're a healthy and busy working adult, you tend to forget how quickly the time flies."

This is Beth, a Planned Parenthood patient, talking about how, when she was 32, her doctor found a lump in her right breast. The discovery was made...

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HIV-Positive Women Need Better Birth Control Options

(17) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 2:39 PM

This month and last, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened two meetings of public health experts and citizens from some of the countries of the world most affected by HIV/AIDS. Participants were asked to review a new study suggesting that hormonal contraception increases women's risk of transmitting HIV to their...

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Why Parents Need to Talk With Their Kids About Sex

(7) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 6:55 PM

There is one thing I can't stress enough about sex: The need to talk about it. My previous post on Black Voices was about how hard it is for adults to talk about sex -- with each other! So you can imagine how tough it is for us...

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Time to Start Talking

(9) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM

How many negative statistics do we have to read before we get the message? When it comes to practicing safer sex, much work still needs to be done. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur...

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Why Birth Control With No Co-Pay Will Help African-American Women

(29) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 9:00 AM

It's a delivery that is long overdue: Federal health officials on Monday defined birth control as preventive health care. That means that, starting next year, private insurers of new plans will have to cover FDA-approved contraceptives without any fees or co-payments (public insurance plans already provide basic birth control coverage...

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